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Fianna Fail, Irish Republicanism And The Northern Ireland Troubles, 1968-2005

Fianna Fail, Irish Republicanism And The Northern Ireland Troubles, 1968-2005

Catherine O'Donnell

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This fascinating and important new book provides an examination of Fianna Fail’s record on Northern Ireland since 1968. It outlines the party’s response to the Troubles and its guiding principles in the search for the solution.
Fianna Fail, the Republican Party, has been defined by its emphasis on partition and its ideological commitment to reunification. Through its use of anti-partitionist rhetoric, it has been the most vociferous political party in the Republic of Ireland on Northern Ireland. Its emotive and divisive response to the outbreak of the Troubles in Northern Ireland was seen most clearly in the Arms Crisis of 1970 which threatened to destroy the party and the stability of the state in the Republic. However, the party has also been at the center of the Northern Ireland peace process, and the attempts at reconciliation between Unionists and Nationalists and North and South. Yet there has been no substantive study of Fianna Fail's language, ideology, and policy on Northern Ireland since the outbreak of the Troubles. How could 'The Republican Party' be such a central player in the political changes in Northern Ireland? Has Fianna Fail changed its traditional republicanism and anti-partitionism?

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Author Catherine O'Donnell
Publisher Irish Academic Press
Publication date 28 Mar 2007
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9780716528593

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